A Perishable Commodity


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So they did. The media is a flesh-eating zombie, and the minting of celebrity, like the making of sausage and violin strings, is not an act of grace. What feeds the multitude gathered at the checkout counters is the agony of the grotesque body “that fecundates and is fecundated…drinks, defecates, is sick and dying”: the entrails of Diana’s bulimia, Lindsay Lohan’s bouts with alcohol and drugs, buttocks by Kim Kardashian, the seepings from Charlie Sheen’s voracious penis or from Donald Trump’s gloriously defecating mouth.

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Lewis H. Lapham — Lapham’s Quarterly

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